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At Baylor we look to put smiles on our patients faces any way we can. Although providing quality care is our main objective, we are always happy to offer our patients alternative types of treatment that may help them during their recovery. And sometimes, bringing our furry friends to visit (and work with) our patients does just the trick!
The Animal Assisted Therapy program began with one sheltie, Dusty, visiting patients once a week. Since then, the number of Baylor therapy dogs has continued to grow to keep up with the increasing demand for this type of therapy. For some head injury patients, it has been the first thing they respond to when emerging from a coma. For others, being with a dog is what motivates them to attempt to speak when they find it so difficult and frustrating. Others will work their arms and hands that are weak and uncoordinated to pet the dog or throw the ball.
Do you enjoy brightening someone's day? Do you have a dog who likes to be loved? Does your dog need a job?
With 88 volunteers and 93 dogs participating, the program is looking to expand in order to visit more sites and reach more patients.
Is your dog a candidate for the program? Requirements include:
Owner requirements include:
Baylor therapy dogs visit patients at:
For more information on this program, please contact program coordinator Linda Marler at 214.536.3151, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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